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On Wednesday, when Joe Magrane's daughter Shannon performs on "American Idol," the loving and doting father will just try to remember to breathe.
"Hell yes" he is nervous for her, he said.
Magrane, former pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and current MLB Network analyst, and his wife, Renee, have two daughters: Sophia, 14, and Shannon, 16. Shannon is in the top 24 on "American Idol."
Magrane's support of his daughter started when she was a year old. He would let her sing along to kids songs (instead of his Stevie Ray Vaughan) as he was driving to the ballpark. But the key moment, perhaps, came at Shannon's first audition, in Savannah, Ga., when her dad met Steven Tyler -- and didn't pummel him.
He asked Tyler, "How's Beantown?"
Tyler responded, "Hot, humid and happenin', just like your daughter."
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"I just kind of paused to kind of process it," Magrane said. "I certainly wasn't going to string him up and ruin any chance of my daughter even making an audition at that point."
Maybe Tyler should be nervous about seeing Shannon's 6-foot-6 dad again?
"I don't hate Steven," Magrane said as he laughed about Tyler wondering if he is still mad at him. "That's Steven being Steven."
Magrane says the whole experience is very difficult to describe but he feels he has been able to bond with Shannon during this time, thanks to the same butterflies he experienced during his baseball career.
From pitching Game 7 of the 1987 World Series for the Cardinals, to fulfilling his lifelong dream of being in broadcasting (inspired by listening to Jack Buck growing up), to recently interviewing Evan Longoria for the MLB Network right after Longoria's walk off home run on "Wild Card Wednesday," Magrane is thankful for the career he has had.
But even with those great moments, Magrane says nothing in his career compares to how he will be feeling when Shannon performs Wednesday.
"I could be out there in front of 55,000 people in the stadium and have a sense of calmness around me," he said, "But it's going to be the longest minute and 30 seconds you can imagine."